Valentine’s Day is only 10 days away, people! TEN DAYS! Time is seriously flying by way too fast. When the hubby and I started dating, he wasn’t big on any holidays. I let him know that being non-holiday is fine, so long as four important (in my mind) ones are acknowledged ‘properly’.
Those are: Birthday, Christmas, Anniversary and Valentine’s Day (especially since I’m a romantic at heart). He’s been pretty good at making me feel special on those days, though Valentine’s Day tends to be a challenge for him since he scoffs at the fact that it’s not really a ‘holiday’. He continues to be a work in progress.
In spite of himself, I think he enjoys Valentine’s Day too – especially when there’s chocolate involved. While I agree with him that there shouldn’t just be one day to show the person you love how much you love them, being that I am a romantic at heart I like that there is one day a year that you’re reminded to show the person you love extra special attention that isn’t a birthday. A ‘just because’ day, so to speak.
OK, fine. I like the chocolate too.
Being that I’m a giver, I make sure I do something extra special for not only my hubby, but for the kids, too. At the very least I make sure I get a special Valentine’s Day card to sneak into the kids’ lunch so they’re surprised. I try to get cute or funny ones so they’re not embarrassed by my mushy-ness in front of their friends. Mostly.
Since we’re smack dab in the middle of moving into our new house, I wanted to make sure I didn’t forget to pick up their extra special cards this year – thankfully Cardstore.com is the perfect option to make sure I don’t drop the ball in spite of the current chaos and rooms full of boxes. It’s so easy to navigate their site – you can pick and design the perfect Valentine’s Day card for anyone and everyone.
I found this cute card and plush for Princess Nagger – I figure I can sneak the plush into her backpack or lunch for a big surprise:
Isn’t that adorable? I know she’s going to love it. I kept the sentiment (mostly) without snark, we’ll see how she likes it:
For Little Dude’s card, since he loves Thomas I found the perfect one for him:
And of course I can’t forget the hubby:
What I love about picking out cards from Cardstore.com (aside from the obvious) is that you can customize your sentiment any way you want.
Though sometimes I come up with super sappy or super dorky sentiments, so I love that Joseph Joyce, the Creative Director for Cardstore.com, offers these tips for creating the perfect Valentine’s Day card for your man:
- Take your time – “Choose something you love about your relationship; it could be conversations you have, an activity you do together, parenting together, anything,” says Joyce. “Then, think about adjectives that describe the other person in those situations: loving, happy, giving, thoughtful or romantic. This will help you choose a card that speaks to your relationship and help you decide if you’d like to be funny, romantic, thoughtful, or all of the above.” Don’t worry if you can’t think of the perfect card; take the stress out of finding the right one by leaving some time to look. Browsing the fantastic options online is sure to get your creative juices flowing.
- Be yourself – Your Valentine’s Day card should represent you and the feelings you have for your partner. “Be yourself, speak from the heart, and let the card be the card,” says Joyce. “In other words, you don’t have to try to sound like a greeting card because that part’s already done for you. Just be honest and say what you feel.”
- Incorporate photography – “Do you have trouble deleting photos from your phone or computer? Me too,” says Joyce. “It’s because photos are so rich in detail and emotion, and one photo can tell the whole story of a single moment in time. Candid and un-posed shots are often the most authentic and memorable.” Try choosing a photo that highlights an unforgettable moment you shared together and incorporate it into your card. You might tuck a printed photo inside the card, but to really impress, consider designing your card online with your personal photos.
- Personalize – “Personalization is a huge trend,” Joyce says. “Creating something custom for someone is very special, and easier with current technology. We also continue to see design trends like chalkboard, beautiful handlettering and flirty card-copy.
This year, Cardstore reminds us that “It’s Okay To Cry” and embrace the emotions and sentiment from our loved ones. Do that with a card that has the words you might now be able to come up with and check out the selections available at CardStore.com.
Hurry though, if you want your card to arrive in time for Valentine’s Day, you better act fast – the deadline to order for a Valentine’s Day delivery is February 6th! Get to it!
Do you like celebrating Valentine’s Day? Are you a romantic at heart like me?
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Note: I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Cardstore.com. I received complimentary cards and a promotional item as a thank you for participating. As usual, all opinions are my own and not influenced by outside sources. See my disclosure policy here.